ABC Alphabet by Little Sorter

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Erin Wilkey Oh, Common Sense Media
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Simple app better if customized for deeper learning.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn visual discrimination skills and letter recognition with this simple matching activity. If parents take the time to customize the audio prompts, feedback, and letter names, they can extend the learning to include letter sounds and even word recognition. ABC Alphabet by Little Sorter can help kids practice basic letter recognition, but parents will need to use the customization options to boost the engagement and learning potential.

Ease of Play

The app is extremely easy to use. Kids simply drag letters to the outline of the letter on the screen. Letters snap into place when kids match them correctly.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that ABC Alphabet by Little Sorter is a simple matching game for preschoolers in which kids drag a letter to its matching outline. Gameplay encourages visual discrimination skills and letter recognition and includes audio prompts and feedback. Parents can adjust the difficulty level and other customization options in the settings menu. Parents can also record their own prompts and feedback for kids.

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What's it about?

Kids see a white screen with a few colored letters jumbled in the center and the gray outline of those same letters along the top and bottom of the screen. A narrator prompts "Can you sort the letters?" Kids drag and drop letters to their matching shapes. Parents can adjust gameplay options from the settings menu. Options include turning off the sound and audio hints, setting minimum and maximum number of letters kids see each round, turning on or off lowercase and uppercase letters, and customizing the audio prompts and feedback.

Is it any good?

The simplicity of ABC ALPHABET BY LITTLE SORTER is at first a little surprising. With so many apps these days packed with colorful animations, cartoon characters, and sound effects, this single activity seems unusual. However, for the preschool-aged audience, it may be all they need. Without the sound, kids can focus on building visual discrimination skills; turn on the sound, and the app reinforces letter recognition as well.

That said, the simple matching activity might not keep kids engaged for very long. The range of customization options can help if parents are willing to put in the time and effort to record personalized audio prompts and feedback, or even re-record the letter names to add deeper learning opportunities.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Add personalized and deeper learning opportunities for your kids by customizing the app with your own voice recordings. For each letter, record the letter name, letter sound, and a word that starts with that letter.

  • Turn off the sound for a simple, quiet-time activity.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, naming
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: April 7, 2011
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 6.40 MB
  • Publisher: Grasshopper Apps
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.0 or later
  • Last updated: March 17, 2021

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